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It’s baaaaack! Just in time for Spring cleaning, the Target car seat trade-in 2021 has finally begun.
There are thee reasons why I love the Target car seat trade-in.
- Expired and crashed car seats get out of family’s cars and garages (without being passed on to other families who don’t realize the dangers)
- The plastics are recycled instead of winding up in a landfill
- Families can get a fantastic, new, safe car seat at a fraction of the price
If the 2021 Target Car Seat Trade-In doesn’t have what you need, check out current best car seat deals!
What is the Target Car Seat Trade-In event?
Every year, Target provides families the opportunity to offload their old car seats in exchange for a discount on a new one. They’ll take pretty much anything – dirty seats, expired bases, booster seats that were in an accident. You name it, they’ll take it as a trade in.
When you bring your car seat to the store and deposit it in the box in front, you get to scan a shiny new 20% off coupon into your Target Circle app. A new benefit of the April 2021 Target car seat trade-in event is that they now allow two trade-ins per account. You can use your coupon either in store or online and most major baby gear is eligible.
Even better, the Trade-in is timed to coincide with the major Target baby gear sale! That 20% off coupon goes even further when you use it to buy a great car seat that’s already on sale.
Want to save even more money? Open a Target Red Card to get an additional 5% off of everything you buy at Target. It’s free, and if you’re like most parents it’ll save you a ton of money. Another handy benefit for car seat buyers is that you’ll get an extra 30 days for returns – that’ll help you figure out if it’s the right car seat for your family’s needs. Find out more here.
To be sure you’re getting the best deal, make sure you double check Amazon’s sale prices. They usually match Target’s discounts, so if you don’t have an old car seat to trade in it might end up cheaper.
When is the Target Car Seat Trade-In 2021 event?
The Target Car Seat trade-in for 2021 starts Monday, April 5 and ends Saturday, April 17.
You can use your Target 20% off coupon either in-store or online until May 1st, so even if you aren’t sure what replacement car seat you want to buy right away that’s ok!
That said, you’ll get the best deal if you buy during the concurrent sale. During past trade-in events some of the hottest deals have gone out of stock within a few days, so it’s worth shopping early in the sale if you can.
What are the best car seats at Target that you can buy with your coupon?
While the simplest option is to walk into your local Target store and choose from the selection on the shelf, I’ll let you in on a little secret… Target.com has a much larger selection of nice car seats than many store locations. You’ll find all brands and colors online!
Choosing a car seat is like choosing a pair of jeans: everyone needs something different. You’ll want to be sure you’re getting a car seat that fits your child, fits your car, fits your budget and that you can use correctly every time.
On the budget front, the good news is that there’s usually a massive Target car seat sale running during the trade-in! If you choose a seat that’s on sale and stack your coupon on top, you’ll be able to get a much nicer car seat than if you walked in the store on a random Saturday in May.
Check out this list for some of the best car seats at Target to buy with your car seat trade in coupon (prices listed are after coupon):
Target infant car seat top picks
Chicco Keyfit 35 Zip ClearTex – regular price $280, on sale for $213
Includes easy-to-remove chemical-free cover
Chicco Keyfit 35 – regular price $250, on sale for $190
Chicco Keyfit 30 – regular price $200, on sale for $152
Graco SnugRide SnugFit 35 DLX with Safety Surround – regular price $200, on sale for $136
Britax B-Safe Gen2 – regular price $200, on sale for $152
Evenflo Gold SecureMax – regular price $220, on sale for $167
🔥 Doona – regular price $500, on sale for $380
🔥 Baby Jogger City GO 2 – regular price $290, on sale for $166
Target travel system top picks
🔥 Chicco Corso LE modular travel system – regular price $550, on sale for $418
Includes Chicco KeyFit 35 infant car seat
Chicco Corso modular travel system – regular price $500, on sale for $360
Includes Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip infant car seat
Baby Jogger City Mini 2 + City GO 2 travel system – regular price $520, on sale for $403
Chicco Bravo travel system – regular price $380, on sale for $289
Evenflo Pivot Modular travel system – regular price $266, on sale for $202
Includes Evenflo SafeMax infant car seat, an excellent seat but not for compact cars
Graco Modes Nest travel system – regular price $320, on sale for $243
Target convertible car seat/all-in-one top picks
Kids should stay rear-facing until at least 2 years old, and ideally to the limits of their convertible car seat. All of the car seats below are great for extended rear facing until at least 4 years old and will last most kids until 6 years (or beyond) forward facing:
🔥 Britax One4Life All-in-One – regular price $365, on sale for $262
Britax Marathon – regular price $300, on sale for $228
Chicco Nextfit Zip Air – regular price $330, on sale for $250
Chicco Fit4 All-in-One – regular price $350, on sale for $265
Graco 4Ever DLX – regular price $300, on sale for $192
Don’t buy this if you plan for forward face before 40 pounds, as it takes up too much space for most cars
🔥 Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 – regular price $220, on sale for $141
Graco Triogrow SnugLock 3-in-1 – regular price $240, on sale for $173
🔥 Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 – regular price $200, on sale for $128
🔥🔥 Graco TriRide 3-in-1 – regular price $160, on sale for $96
Cybex Sirona S – regular price $500, on sale for $380
Evenflo EveryStage DLX 3-in-1 – regular price $200, on sale for $152
Target harnessed booster car seat top picks
A harness booster seat, or combination seat, is a toddler car seat for kids ~3 and up. It starts as a forward-facing harnessed car seat and then turns into a booster seat. Some become highback booster seats, and others later become backless booster seats as well.
Chicco MyFit Zip – regular price $250, on sale for $190
Longest-lasting harnessed car seat
Chicco MyFit – regular price $200, on sale for $152
Britax Grow With You ClickTight – regular price $300, on sale for $228
Graco Nautilus SnugLock LX – regular price $200, on sale for $152
Graco Nautilus with Safety Surround – regular price $180, on sale for $130
Graco Nautilus – regular price $150, on sale for $104
Graco Tranzitions SnugLock – regular price $150, on sale for $114
Perfect for travel
Target booster seat top picks
Booster seats are appropriate for kids who meet the minimum height and weight requirements and are mature enough sit correctly all the time. For most kids that at least 5 years old, but some kids aren’t ready for a booster seat until 6 or even 7 years old. Don’t rush this step!
Diono Monterey 4DXT – regular price $200, on sale for $152
Requires a headrest behind the booster
Britax Highpoint – regular price $160, on sale for $122
Chicco KidFit – regular price $100, on sale for $76
Graco TurboBooster Stretch – regular price $90, on sale for $68
Target deals on travel car seats
Are you looking for a car seat specifically for travel? Here are some of my favorites that are on sale at Target during the trade-in event:
Safety 1st Jive – regular price $100, on sale for $64 (ages 6mo-6)
Evenflo Sonus 65 – regular price $100, on sale for $72 (ages birth-6)
Graco Contender 65 – regular price $140, on sale for $100 (ages birth-6)
Graco Tranzitions SnugLock – regular price $150, on sale for $114 (ages 3-12)
Want the visual highlights? See the best deals of the Target car seat trade-in 2021.
Need help choosing a travel car seat? Read about all your options to find the right one for your family!
–Best travel car seats for infants
–Best travel car seats for 1 year olds
–Best travel car seats for 2 year olds
–Best travel car seats for 3 year olds
–Best travel car seats for 4 year olds
–Best travel car seats for 5 year olds
–Best travel car seats for 6 year olds
–Best travel booster seats
Target car seat trade-in 2021 FAQs
Yes! The (first?) 2021 Target car seat trade in will run from April 5th to April 17th.
This year Target is allowing each Target Circle App member to trade in two car seats.
Absolutely. In fact, Target encourages customers to use their coupons online so that the stores won’t be too crowded and to help manage inventory. Their car seat selection is also much better online – scroll up to see my top car seats at Target. The best way to use your car seat trade-in event 2021 coupon is online.
The best option is to trade in your car seat at Target to score a discount on a new one. If the Target car seat exchange not possible for your family, you need to make sure someone doesn’t find your expired car seat on the curb and pick it up to use – or sell. Yes, this stuff happens.
Unfortunately, you basically have to destroy an expired car seat if you aren’t bringing it to a recycling program. Cut the harness and take a sledge hammer to the plastic shell. If you happen to replace your old car seat with the same model (which we did after our infant car seat was in an accident), you may be able to keep the fabric seat cover to re-use; contact your manufacturer to see if they’ll approve it.
Some states also offer car seat recycling programs, which you can read about here.
There were Walmart car seat recycling events in late 2019 and early 2020. The Walmart car seat trade in programs were so popular that they had to be shut off early, and disposal of car seats has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and new regulations from China. It’s not clear if Walmart will continue the program but as of this writing they haven’t announced another round. Walmart’s car seat trade in program also wasn’t as generous as Target’s, so I would stick with the Target program unless something major changes.